Washington Park

  • 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.   Chicago, Illinois 60637 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Janie M. Collins
  • Park Phone: (773) 256-1248

Located in the Washington Park/Woodlawn neighborhood, Washington Park totals 366.84 acres and features two gymnasiums, a photography lab, dance studio, racquetball court, fitness center,game room, and multi-purpose rooms. Green features of the park include a nature area, a Harvest Garden and an arboretum. Outside, the park offers a lagoon, aquatic center, three playgrounds, basketball/ tennis courts, baseball, football, soccer, cricket, and softball fields. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasiums, fields, and multi-purpose rooms. Additionally, Washington Park features the renowed Fountain of Time sculpture by Lorado Taft.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, fitness, Teen Club, Junior Bears Football. On the cultural side, the park offers music and movement and dance. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Washington Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as Ashaki Black History Month Celebration and other holiday-themed events.

History

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted & Calvert Vaux, Washington Park is one of Chicago’s most significant historic landscapes. Originally considered the “western division”—a 367-acre portion of the enormous 1055-acre South Park—it was connected to the park’s “eastern division” via a grand boulevard called the Midway Plaisance. In 1881, the South Park Commissioners named the western division in honor of George Wash­ington (1732–1799) first president of the United States. At the same time, they named the eastern division Jackson Park.

 

Olmsted and Vaux completed an ambitious plan for South Park in 1871. The plan included a magnificent South Open Green- an open meadow on which cows and sheep would roam to enhance the pastoral experience and keep the lawn trim. The meadow was not only enjoyed by flocks of Southdown sheep, but also park patrons who gathered for baseball, drills, and other athletics.  Renowned architects Burnham & Root designed two late nineteenth century buildings in the park—the stables and round house and the refectory which originally housed the offices for the South park Commissioners.  In 1910 Burnham’s firm designed a larger administrative headquarters which houses the Du Sable Museum of African American History.

 

In 1922 Lorado Taft (1860–1936), Chicago’s pre-eminent sculptor, created the Fountain of Time on the southeastern edge of Washington Park. Inspired by ”The Paradox of Time,” a poem by Henry Austin Dobson, Taft’s fountain is composed of an ominous cloaked Father-Time figure gazing at a wave-like procession of one hundred human figures across the water.

 

By the mid-1930s, the growing African-American community around Washington Park was in dire need of additional recreational facilities. The park district responded by building two competition-size swimming pools near the refectory. In the early 1990s, the park district rehabilitated the refectory and transformed the swimming area into a major aquatic center. Recent projects include lagoon improvements, the construction of a $700 thousand playground, the creation of an arboretum, and a $2 million restoration of the Fountain of Time.  Lagoon improvements were made in the early 2000s.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Drexel Fountain

Drexel Fountain (1)

Location Notes: Drexel Square, east of Washington Park

Descriptors: Playground Art

Elegant Beauty

Elegant Beauty (1)

Location Notes: Adjacent to entryway of DuSable Museum of African American History

Descriptors: Playground Art

Fountain of Time

Fountain of Time (1)

Location Notes: West of S. Cottage Grove Avenue on axis with Midway Plaisance

Descriptors: Playground Art

George Washington Monument

George Washington Monument (1)

Location Notes: S. Martin Luther King Drive, north of Washington Park, north of E. 51st Street

Descriptors: Playground Art

Mosaic

Mosaic (1)

Location Notes: Field house lobby stairwell

Descriptors: Playground Art

Peculiar People

Peculiar People (1)

Location Notes: Back wall of gymnasium stage

Descriptors: Playground Art

Playground Art

Playground Art (1)

Location Notes: South of the Aquatic Center and east of S. Martin Luther King Drive

Descriptors: Playground Art

Spirit of DuSable Series

Spirit of DuSable Series (1)

Location Notes: North of DuSable Museum of African American History

Descriptors: Playground Art

Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love (1)

Location Notes: Adjacent to entryway of DuSable Museum of African American History

Descriptors: Playground Art

Washington Fountains, Monuments, Sculptures

Washington Fountains, Monuments, Sculptures

Location Notes: 5531 S. King Dr.

Notes: Fountain of Time Sculpture

Washington Baseball

Washington Baseball

Location Notes: 5531 S. King Dr.

Washington Basketball

Washington Basketball

Location Notes: 5531 S. King Dr.

Washington Park - Lille's Hot Dogs

Washington Park - Lille's Hot Dogs

Hours: ,

Phone: (312)434-4727

Washington Cricket Slab

Washington Cricket Slab

Location Notes: 5531 S. King Dr.

Washington Fieldhouse

Washington Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 5531 S. King Dr.

Hours: ,

Washington Fishing Area

Washington Fishing Area

Location Notes: 5531 S. King Dr.

Washington Fitness Center

Washington Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: ,

Notes: M-F, 8-8:45pm; Sign up for a membership

Washington Football/Soccer

Washington Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 5531 S. King Dr.

DuSable Museum Flower Garden

DuSable Museum Flower Garden

Location Notes: 740 65th Pl.

Notes: DuSable Museum Flower Gardens

Descriptors: Ornamental

Washington Gymnasium

Washington Gymnasium

Location Notes: 5531 S. King Dr.

Washington Lagoon

Washington Lagoon

Location Notes: 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.

Notes: Washington Park Lagoon

Washington Auditorium

Washington Auditorium

Location Notes: 5531 S. King Dr.

Washington Clubroom

Washington Clubroom

Location Notes: 5531 S. King Dr.

Washington Playground

Washington PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 5531 S. King Dr. Chicago IL 60615

Washington Rackquetball Court

Washington Rackquetball Court

Location Notes: 5531 S. King Dr. Chicago IL 60615

Washington Tennis Court

Washington Tennis Court

Location Notes: 5531 S. King Dr. Chicago IL 60615

Washington Spray Pool

Washington Spray Pool

Location Notes: 5531 S. King Dr. Chicago IL 60615

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Washington 127457Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/24 18:45From August 24, 2015 to June 10, 2016
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 6pm
$183.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Ballet - Beginner at Washington 136519InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2016/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
$36.00
Ballet - Beginner at Washington 136520InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 2:30pm
$26.00
Ballet - Intermediate at Washington 136517InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10am
$26.00
Ballet - Intermediate at Washington 136518InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11am
$26.00
Basketball - Open at Washington 136656OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/01/04 15:00From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 11am
$21.00
Basketball - Open at Washington 136657OpenSports - Basketball30 and upCoed2016/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$21.00
Baton & Pom Pom at Washington 151017InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2016/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Baton & Pom Pom at Washington 151018InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2016/01/07 22:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Boot Camp at Washington 136908InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$36.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Washington 137052InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2016/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Conditioning at Washington 137108InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/04 15:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$36.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Washington 137154InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 10Coed2016/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to Noon
$26.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Washington 137153InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$26.00
Dance - Tap at Washington 137183InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:30am
$26.00
Dance - Tap at Washington 137184InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:30am
$26.00
Dance - Tap at Washington 137185InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2016/01/09 18:45From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$36.00
Dance - Tap at Washington 137186InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/09 20:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3pm
$26.00
Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Basketball at Washington 150561InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2016 to March 19, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, February 6, 2016
$11.00
Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Basketball at Washington 150562InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2016 to March 19, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, February 6, 2016
$11.00
Golf - Get Golf Ready at Washington 137468InstructionSports - GolfAnyCoed2016/02/11 00:30From February 10, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$101.00
Golf - Get Golf Ready at Washington 137469InstructionSports - GolfAnyCoed2016/02/13 00:30From February 12, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$101.00
Golf at Washington 137476InstructionSports - Golf18 and upCoed2016/01/04 15:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$11.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Washington 138082InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2016/01/05 01:15From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
$13.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Washington 138083InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2016/01/07 01:15From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
$13.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Washington 138421InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 19:45From January 4, 2016 to March 18, 2016
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 6pm
$61.00
Racquetball at Washington 138530InstructionSports - Racquetball18 and upCoed2016/01/04 15:00From January 4, 2016 to March 13, 2016
Each Sunday from 9am to 4:30pm
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm
$36.00
Seasonal Sports at Washington 138684InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 21:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Washington 138685InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/01/04 23:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Table Tennis at Washington 139067InstructionSports - Table Tennis18 and upCoed2016/01/04 18:00From January 4, 2016 to March 13, 2016
Each Sunday from Noon to 4pm
Each Monday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2:30pm
Except the following dates:
Sunday, February 7, 2016
$21.00
Tae Kwon Do at Washington 139079InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 4 but less than 17Coed2016/01/07 22:30From January 7, 2016 to March 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
$60.00
Teen Fit Box at Washington 139179InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/04 22:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Teen Fit Box at Washington 151028InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Yoga at Washington 139800InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/01/04 23:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$13.00
Yoga at Washington 139801InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$13.00
Yoga/Pilates at Washington 139820InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/01/05 00:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$13.00
Yoga/Pilates at Washington 139821InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$13.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Ballet - Beginner at Washington 142796InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/04/02 14:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10am
$27.00
Ballet - Beginner at Washington 142794InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/04/02 15:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11am
$27.00
Ballet - Beginner at Washington 142795InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2016/04/02 17:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
$37.00
Ballet - Beginner at Washington 142797InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/04/02 19:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 2:30pm
$27.00
Basketball - Open at Washington 142969OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/03/28 14:00From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 30, 2016
$22.00
Basketball - Open at Washington 142968OpenSports - Basketball30 and upCoed2016/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$22.00
Baton & Pom Pom at Washington 153406InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2016/03/29 21:30From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Baton & Pom Pom at Washington 153407InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2016/03/31 21:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Boot Camp at Washington 143143InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/29 23:30From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$37.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Washington 143281InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2016/03/30 21:30From March 30, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Conditioning at Washington 143338InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/28 14:30From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$37.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Washington 143394InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 10Coed2016/04/02 16:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to Noon
$27.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Washington 143395InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$27.00
Dance - Tap at Washington 143429InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:30am
$27.00
Dance - Tap at Washington 143431InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/04/02 16:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:30am
$27.00
Dance - Tap at Washington 143430InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2016/04/02 17:45From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$37.00
Dance - Tap at Washington 143432InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/04/02 19:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3pm
$27.00
Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Basketball at Washington 152851InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/04/02 14:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 11:30am
$12.00
Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Basketball at Washington 152852InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/04/02 16:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 2pm
$11.00
Golf at Washington 143681InstructionSports - GolfAnyCoed2016/03/28 14:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$12.00
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Washington 143942InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2016/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2016 to June 16, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$12.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Washington 144284InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2016/03/29 00:15From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
$14.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Washington 144285InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2016/03/31 00:15From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
$14.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Washington 144638InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 18:45From March 28, 2016 to June 10, 2016
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 6pm
$61.00
Racquetball at Washington 144897InstructionSports - Racquetball18 and upCoed2016/03/30 14:00From March 30, 2016 to June 5, 2016
Each Sunday from 9am to 4pm
Each Monday from 8am to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 8am to 8:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 4pm
$37.00
Seasonal Sports at Washington 145047InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Washington 145048InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/03/28 22:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Table Tennis at Washington 145559InstructionSports - Table Tennis18 and upCoed2016/03/28 17:00From March 28, 2016 to June 5, 2016
Each Sunday from Noon to 4pm
Each Monday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2:30pm
$22.00
Tae Kwon Do at Washington 145571InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense4 and upCoed2016/04/07 21:30From April 7, 2016 to June 9, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
$51.00
Teen Fit Box at Washington 145664InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/03/28 21:00From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Teen Fit Box at Washington 153761InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Yoga at Washington 146288InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/03/28 22:00From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$14.00
Yoga at Washington 146289InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$14.00
Yoga/Pilates at Washington 146315InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/03/28 23:00From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$14.00
Yoga/Pilates at Washington 146316InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$14.00

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Located in the Washington Park/Woodlawn neighborhood, Washington Park totals 366.84 acres and features two gymnasiums, a photography lab, dance studio, racquetball court, fitness center,game room, and multi-purpose rooms. Green features of the park include a nature area, a Harvest Garden and an arboretum. Outside, the park offers a lagoon, aquatic center, three playgrounds, basketball/ tennis courts, baseball, football, soccer, cricket, and softball fields. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasiums, fields, and multi-purpose rooms. Additionally, Washington Park features the renowed Fountain of Time sculpture by Lorado Taft.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, fitness, Teen Club, Junior Bears Football. On the cultural side, the park offers music and movement and dance. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Washington Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as Ashaki Black History Month Celebration and other holiday-themed events.

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted & Calvert Vaux, Washington Park is one of Chicago’s most significant historic landscapes. Originally considered the “western division”—a 367-acre portion of the enormous 1055-acre South Park—it was connected to the park’s “eastern division” via a grand boulevard called the Midway Plaisance. In 1881, the South Park Commissioners named the western division in honor of George Wash­ington (1732–1799) first president of the United States. At the same time, they named the eastern division Jackson Park.

 

Olmsted and Vaux completed an ambitious plan for South Park in 1871. The plan included a magnificent South Open Green- an open meadow on which cows and sheep would roam to enhance the pastoral experience and keep the lawn trim. The meadow was not only enjoyed by flocks of Southdown sheep, but also park patrons who gathered for baseball, drills, and other athletics.  Renowned architects Burnham & Root designed two late nineteenth century buildings in the park—the stables and round house and the refectory which originally housed the offices for the South park Commissioners.  In 1910 Burnham’s firm designed a larger administrative headquarters which houses the Du Sable Museum of African American History.

 

In 1922 Lorado Taft (1860–1936), Chicago’s pre-eminent sculptor, created the Fountain of Time on the southeastern edge of Washington Park. Inspired by ”The Paradox of Time,” a poem by Henry Austin Dobson, Taft’s fountain is composed of an ominous cloaked Father-Time figure gazing at a wave-like procession of one hundred human figures across the water.

 

By the mid-1930s, the growing African-American community around Washington Park was in dire need of additional recreational facilities. The park district responded by building two competition-size swimming pools near the refectory. In the early 1990s, the park district rehabilitated the refectory and transformed the swimming area into a major aquatic center. Recent projects include lagoon improvements, the construction of a $700 thousand playground, the creation of an arboretum, and a $2 million restoration of the Fountain of Time.  Lagoon improvements were made in the early 2000s.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.